The word "Ayurveda" comes from two Sanskrit words: Ayur meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge or science. Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest holistic ("whole-body") healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit.


Abhyanga is a form of Ayurvedic treatment that involves massage of the body with Dosha-specific warm herb-infused oil. The oil is commonly pre-mixed with herbs for specific conditions. Traditionally, the base oil used is sesame.


Ayurvedic Massage

eye-ur-VAY-dik Deep, therapeutic massage meant to release toxins, invigorate, and relax. Uses massage oils chosen to balance a person’s doshas (see definition). Balancing the doshas is the basis of the ancient Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine, which incorporates nutrition, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, massage, and meditation.



Bodywork combining exfoliation, herbal treatment, and light massage.



SHAW-kra Sanskrit for “wheel.” Ayurvedic term for an energy center. It is believed that there are seven chakras located along the spine, each with specific qualities.



DOE-sha Ayurvedic term for three mind-body qualities–vata, pitta, kapha–all people are presumed to possess. Most people are a combination of all three types, though one or two usually predominate.


Indian Head Massage

Massage based on Ayurvedic principles that focuses on the scalp, face, neck, and shoulders to relieve stress and tension and nourish the scalp.



Cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind, and consciousness based on Ayurvedic medicine and meant to clear the body of toxins, restore balance, strengthen the immune system, and promote calm. May involve massage, sweat therapy, yoga, diet, etc.



Ayurvedic treatment during which a stream of oil is poured in the center of your forehead (on your “third eye”) in order to help you focus, concentrate, and relax your mind and body.